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A lot of our readers have made the jump to Google Keep for their task/to-do manager of choice, but the older and more feature-filled Astrid still has a wide and appreciative community of users. Today the cross-platform service announced that it's been purchased by Google's ancient and somewhat diminished rival, Yahoo. While details on price and timeline are scarce, the service blog notes that they're no longer accepting premium subscriptions (which added data storage and saved voice notes) and will be issuing refunds to those who have paid for subscriptions and plugins.

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Also of note: the blog post says that Astrid will "continue to work as is" over the next 90 days, implying some kind of change thereafter. Astrid isn't saying whether that means a complete shutdown with a replacement app from Yahoo, or a more gentle transition into a Yahoo-branded version of Astrid. In either case, they've stated that there will be some way for users to download or export the data they've input into the service.

While it seems pretty clear that Astrid isn't going to continue in its current form for much longer, it's unlikely that Yahoo will do away with the impressive progress the developers have made over the last three years. The app has a great set of features and about four million total users between Android and iOS, and that's not something that Yahoo can afford to ignore. It's also a safe bet that the app will stay on Android in some form or another. Congratulations to the Astrid team on the buy - here's hoping there are even better things in your future.

Astrid blog - Yahoo! Acquires Astrid

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://shanked.me/ Shank

    The link at the bottom, "Astrid blog - Yahoo! Acquires Astrid," which presumably was intended to go to the Astrid blog, is another AP post.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Fixed, thanks.

  • paco

    Well, time to move to DGT GTD or 2do with toodledo sync.

  • imtoomuch

    Ew Yahoo! I don't use this app, but if I did the thought of Yahoo! destroying it would make me immediately find an alternative.

  • kamiller42

    "A lot of our readers have made the jump to Google Keep for their task/to-do manager of choice, but the older and more feature-filled Astrid still has a wide and appreciative community of users."

    Interesting opening remark from Google Police. Comparing Google Keep to Astrid for task/todo management is like comparing notepad to a word processor.

    I really don't under the necessity of of plugging Google Keep in an article about Astrid. Guess better than plugging the Google ignored Google Tasks.

  • Thomas Newlands

    I use Astrid all the time and I am by no means excited about this. Hopefully I'll still be able to use my google account to manage tasks...

  • David

    settled down on toodledo / toodleTasks a few days ago

  • NoUsernamesFree

    Because they did so well buying Delicious /s

    • http://tonybullard.com toekneebullard

      Dude, that was like, years and years ago. Decades in web time.

  • Guest

    RIP Astrid :(

  • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

    RIP Astrid :( :'(

  • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

    might use Springpad's to-do list

  • jaduncan

    It's open source, so it is just about to fork. Astrid will reappear under a different name.

    • http://twitter.com/nascentt nascent

      Not sure it will. The only time Astrid was really good was with Remember The Milk, their own web service wasn't great, the application was ok, but as a Google Tasks client, to be honest there's better, check out AnyDo for example.

      It's one thing to fork the application (the application wont cease to work it'll still sync with Google Tasks, just not astrid.com)

    • http://www.RandomITstuff.com/ Darren Cato
  • http://www.technogeekguy.com dswartze

    Noooooooooooooo! We use Astrid at home to get things done - especially since there are Android, iOS, and web clients! We do our shopping lists with Astrid. I dole out chores to the kids with Astrid. This is bad news :(

    • Owen Finn

      OurGroceries is a good shopping list app that's free.

  • http://tonybullard.com toekneebullard

    Phew. I literally switched from Astrid to Any.do about 15 days ago. Looks like I picked the right time to jump ship.

    Any.do planning moment feature is just plain awesome.

  • Chris

    I use Evernote. Solid program that works accross multiple platforms. No BS'ing around with this app...

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    Maybe it'll only be rebranded and offer new features and new TOS you'll have to agree to, that's why they'll make optional you accept it or export your data.

  • s44

    Did you make the picture for this post? Hilarious.

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    Doesn't really affect me, since I've switched from Astrid to Tasks+ about one year ago...

  • Mary John

    For online to-do list or in other words for task management one can also give Brightpod ( http://brightpod.com ) a try. A simple app with bunch of collaboration features specifically for marketing teams. Helps you get the bigger picture when you are working on so many different things.

  • http://twitter.com/dg_the_muse Dasha Golubeva

    If you're looking for a new platform to organize your Astrid tasks, Wrike (www.wrike.com) will be happy to welcome them :) We've just added an import feature, so whether you need to organize personal to-do's or shared work - Wrike's web version and the free Android app are at your service.

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  • Dora Rosenstein

    It's stunning to know that astrid is shutting down :( .So I have found another best alternative to astrid i.e Proofhub (www.proofhub.com). It is pretty basic yet sufficient application for me.

  • Elizabeth Homes

    I was shocked to know that astrid is shutting down. But now I am bit relieved when I came to know about proofhub (www.proofhub.com). It has all the features that astrid has and also has some additional features that are required like time tracking and private discussions.

  • Jimmy

    I am using proofhub.com to managing my tasks. It has lots more features like proofing, time tracking, timesheets, gantt chart etc.

  • Jimmy

    There is no need to use separate apps for different features when you have a project management tool like proofhub.com that has all the necessary features like to-do's, proofing, time tracking etc.